Evolution of halictine castes

Abstract

Social halictine bees have female castes that range from species with no size differences to those with a discrete bimodality. Female caste differences are inversely correlated with the number of males produced in the first brood. It is proposed that the sexual dimorphism of solitary forms is being usurped by the female caste system of species in the process of turning social. Thus, caste differences and summer male suppression are greatest in the social species originating from solitary precursors with distinct sexual dimorphism, and are least in species evolving from solitary ancestors with a continuous sexual polymorphism.

DOI: 10.1007/BF01073613

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@article{Knerer2005EvolutionOH, title={Evolution of halictine castes}, author={Gerd Knerer}, journal={Naturwissenschaften}, year={2005}, volume={67}, pages={133-135} }